Why the Church Needs Intergenerational Friendships

| January 8, 2015

A deepening pool of ink has been spilled over the “generational gap” problem. As Western culture ghettoizes within generational borders, how can churches best minister to these increasingly divided tribes? Blend worship? Accommodate with traditional and contemporary services? Target one generation and let the others get used to it or worship somewhere else?

It sounds like a church organization problem. But the real problem, and the real solution, isn’t organizational—it’s personal. The real problem is that, increasingly, we’re no longer making friends across generational lines.

I work at a robustly multigenerational church, and I’ve enjoyed the privilege of building relationships with a small group that includes a broad range of men, from brand-new fathers (like myself) to grandfathers. We meet formally once a month, see one another at worship services through the week, and get together as families every few months. We’re even starting to talk more between meetings. I believe we’re becoming friends, and I’ve been seriously blessed by these relationships.

Intergenerational community is part of God’s vision for the church (see Titus 2). It’s a beautiful one, and friendship is the key. When individual Christians believe it’s worth sacrificing for, our churches will begin reflecting that multigenerational beauty.

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